Twitter’s Mobile Ads Begin to Click
Twitter Inc. is showing early signs of success selling advertising on mobile devices, an area that is bedeviling Internet companies including Facebook Inc. FB -1.04% and Google Inc. GOOG +2.42%.
On most days, Twitter is now generating the majority of its revenue from ads shown to its users on mobile gadgets, rather than from ads on Twitter.com, company executives said. One key reason: People who see a Twitter ad on their phones are more likely to click or interact with it in some way, which is how Twitter gets paid for advertisements.
Minneapolis street test: Google gets a B+, Apple’s Siri gets a D
FORTUNE — Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster is nothing if not methodical. When customers queue up for a new Apple (AAPL) product, he’s the analyst who goes to the line and counts heads. When programmers gather at an Apple developers conference, he’ll stop three or four dozen to ask if they are writing apps for Mac, iPhone or Android devices.
Facebook testing ‘Want’ button plugin
Facebook appears to be testing a new “Want” button plugin similar to its popular Like button.
Chrome for iOS hits No.1 in Apple’s App Store
Google’s Chrome browser quickly became one of the most popular desktop Web browsers in the world, and now Google has its sites set on mobile. The app just launched for the iPhone and iPad earlier today and after a few short hours of availability, it’s already the No.1 top free app in Apple’s iOS App Store.
Exclusive: Microsoft tie-up, network sale among RIM options: sources
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation.
Shares in the Canadian company, which announced a steeper-than-expected quarterly operating loss on Thursday, plunged 18 percent in extended trading, slashing its market value to $4.1 billion. The stock has fallen about 70 percent in the past year.
Path and Nike FuelBand Pair Up, Flaunting the Benefits of a Private API
Facebook and Twitter rose to prominence in part because they played so nicely with others. Yes, the sites were great products first. But they became even better platforms, opening their application programming interfaces to let third-party developers integrate their services. And as the platform era matured, open APIs practically became en vogue.
Groupon Exposes Customer Emails In Google Results…Again
A while back we wrote about a flaw inGroupon’s email link encryption, which revealed the emails of some Groupon users when “addx” was added into a Google search of Groupon’s site. We’ve been alerted that is still happening, with about 170 emails coming up when we searched (last time around it was less than 80).
When this last happened, Groupon director of engineering Shinji Kuwayama told us that the emails were made public because some subscribers had “pasted their deals into publicly-crawlable pages around the Web,” but also that it was working on a solution to exclude those results. So why these are appearing now is unclear. We’re contacting Groupon to see if there is an explanation.
Were CNN & Fox News’ mistakes on Supreme Court ruling part of ‘process journalism’?
We all know that CNN and Fox News mistakenly reported Thursday that the Supreme Court struck down the “individual mandate” part of the health care law. How did this happen? Who’s responsible?
The Man Behind The Mac OS Is Working On A Mystery Startup With Other Ex-Apple Employees
Bertrand Serlet is widely considered to be the brains behind Apple’s Mac operating system. He was even mentioned as a possible successor to Steve Jobs at one point. So it came as a shock to some when Serlet decided to step down in March, 2011 after 22 years with the company.